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Pianist Matt Bowers appears for Civic benefit

Pianist Matt Bowers appears at The Civic Auditorium Wednesday, April 23.

The concert, adding to the annual NW Cherry Festival activities, will be a benefit concert for the Civic. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m.

Bowers began as a self-taught pianist at age 12, and from age 14 to the present had the experience of studying with some of the most premier musicians of this generation. His teachers include George Katz, former chair of the Drake University Piano Department and student of the legendary artists Alfred Cortot and Marguerite Long; Jerome Lowenthal, also a student of Cortot (and William Kapell) and former chair of the Julliard piano department, and Jose Feghali, gold medalist of the 1985 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. As a winner of the 2000 Interlochen Concerto Competition, Bowen had his orchestral debut that year with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at 16. Following that, he has given concerts all over the U.S., Malmo and Stockholm, Sweden, and in Copenhagen, Denmark. He acted as recording engineer and co-organizer of the inaugural years of the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival (now approaching its eighth summer season), also giving performances there with internationally recognized dramatic tenor Scott Piper.

As a producer specializing in previously unrecorded works earned, is efforts earned a grammy nomination for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2007.

Since then, he has produced nearly a dozen albums for Toccata, all featuring realizations of new and obscure works, one of which features pianist Valdimir Ashkenazy as narrator.

Bowen specializes in the study of memory and musical awareness, and has a studio of 15 piano students currently. For audio recordings of some of Matt’s live performances, studio work and arranging, please visit www.mattbowers.com.

Tickets can be purchased at Klindt’s Booksellers at 315 E. 2nd Street, The Dalles and will be available at the door the evening of the concert.

The Civic Auditorium is located at 323 E. Fourth Street, The Dalles. Information is also available at www.TheDallesCivic.org.

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